Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK - A City Gem!

The Symphony Hall was opened in Centenary Square in 1991. It is home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The foyer was rebuilt between 2019-21. 
 


Where is Symphony Hall?

Symphony Hall is in Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EA. 

View site map HERE.

Symphony Hall from Centenary Sqare. Photography by Daniel Sturley

 

Architects: Percy Thomas Partnership and Renton Howard Wood Levin (original build 1986-91) | Page/Park Architects (Refurbishment 2019-21)

Contractor:  Unknown (1986-91) | Galliford Try (Refurbishment 2019-21)

Developer: Convention Centre Partnership (1986-91) | Birmingham Performances Limited (2019-21)

 

In brief

The Symphony Hall opened in Centenary Square in 1991, next to the International Convention Centre. It is the home concert venue of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The foyer was completely rebuilt between 2019 to 2021 in time for their 30th anniversary.

A visit to the Symphony Hall is an experience to savour. 

Symphony HallSymphony Hall from Centenary Sqare. Photography by Elliott Brown

 

The story of the build 

The Percy Thomas Partnership and Renton Howard Wood Levin (who formed the Convention Centre Partnership for the ICC) designed Symphony Hall.

It was built along with The ICC between 1986 and 1991.

The hall is close to a railway line (below) and it is mounted on rubber cushions, as is the railway track. Pevsner describes the original 1991 building of being built of a heavy mass of grey granite banded with red and blue tinted glass. It's top drum with corner wings defines a symmetrical block but the entrance is pushed under a blue metal canopy, with more halls and theatres beyond.

The hall has 2,262 seats, and was officially opened along with The ICC by HM the Queen on the 12th June 1991.

It is the home concert venue of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, whose Chief Conductor on moving into Symphony Hall was Sir Simon Rattle (until 1998). In 2001, a 6000-pipe symphony organ was installed designed and built by Johannes Klais Orgelbau in Bonn, Germany.

There is a link bridge to the Hyatt Hotel (now called Hyatt Regency Birmingham), which has been used by politicians and celebrities alike. Every two years from 2010, the hall was used for the Conservative Party Conference (apart from in 2020 due to the Pandemic). 

Symphony HallSymphony Hall in August 2019 before the foyer rebuild started. Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Work began in the autumn of 2019 to completely rebuild the foyer. This continued through 2020, despite the Pandemic, and was completed and reopened in the summer of 2021.

As of 2021, Symphony Hall and the Town Hall are now managed by B Music Ltd.

Symphony HallSymphony Hall from Centenary Square in June 2021. Photography by Elliott Brown

 

There is still an empty plinth outside of Symphony Hall, this is reserved for the statue of Boulton, Watt & Murdoch.

Symphony HallSymphony Hall from the Discovery Terrace at the Library of Birmingham (August 2021). Photography by Elliott Brown

 

Contact details

Symphony Hall B:Music website 

B:Music twitter account

Project dates

03 Feb 2020 - On-going

Passions

Modern Architecture, Music & musicians

Contact

Your Place Your Space

Jonathan Bostock

0121 410 5520
jonathan.bostock@ yourplaceyourspace.com